Attractions

Area in Hondarribia

Casco Histórico

Hondarribia's walled historic centre, much of which dates to the 15th and 16th centuries, is an atmospheric grid of graceful plazas, cobbled lanes, and fetching buildings adorned with wood-carved eaves and wrought-i…
Museum in Pasaia

Albaola Foundation

This terrific museum charts the history of Pasajes' whaling industry. At the centre of the story is the San Juan, a galleon that sunk off the coast of Newfoundland in 1565. Models and explanatory panels describe the…
Museum in Pasaia

Casa Museo Victor Hugo

French author Victor Hugo spent the summer of 1843 in Pasajes, lodging at this typical 17th-century waterfront house and working on his travelogue En Voyage, Alpes et Pyrénées. Sadly, his eldest daughter died in Sep…
Ship in Pasaia

Mater Museoa

Docked just south of San Pedro's ferry landing, this 33-metre-long former fishing vessel once plied the Cantabrian Sea and it now serves as a museum of sorts dedicated to fishermen and sailors. Guided tours show wha…
Mountain in Hondarribia

Monte Jaizkibel

Monte Jaizkibel is a giant slab of rock sitting at 547m that acts as a defensive wall, protecting the inland towns and fields from the angry, invading ocean. A very strenuous walking trail (about 8km from Hondarribi…
Beach in Hondarribia

Hendaye

Just across the river from Hondarribia lies the pretty French town of Hendaye. The main reason to come, apart from nibbling on perfectly flaky croissants, is Hendaye's 3km-long-stretch of lovely beach, which is a sh…
Castle in Hondarribia

Castillo de Carlos V

Today it’s a government-run hotel, but for over a thousand years this castle hosted knights and kings. Its position atop the old town hill gave it a commanding view over the strategic Bidasoa estuary, which has long…
Church in Hondarribia

Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción

Construction of the Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción began in the 15th century, but works weren't completed until the 18th. This has left it with something of a mismatch of styles that includes Gothic, Renaissa…
Area in Hondarribia

Calle San Pedro

The main drag of Hondarribia's Marina district, Calle San Pedro is a quaint pedestrian-only strip flanked by typical fishers’ houses, with facades painted bright green or blue, and wooden balconies cheerfully decora…
Chapel in Hondarribia

Ermita de Guadalupe

It's a hefty hike from Hondarribia – a little over 3km uphill – but the Ermita de Guadalupe is well worth the effort it takes to reach it (you can also drive). Dating from the 16th century but possibly sitting on mu…